Safdar seeks exemption from court appearance

ISLAMABAD – Capt (retd) Muhammad Safdar has also moved an application seeking exemption from personal appearance in the Accountability Court Islamabad for 15 days so that he could proceed abroad for some personal engagements.

Accountability Court Islamabad on Tuesday took up cases against Sharif family and as both Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz were granted exemption from personal appearance in the court.

The counsel of Capt.(Retd) Mohammad Safdar submitted before the court that in the absence of his client he would be represented by the court through Faisal Irfan advocate.

Meanwhile, in the corruption reference against Nawaz Sharif another prosecution witness recorded his statement and presented the details of the money transaction in Nawaz Sharif’s accounts.

Submitting details of the transaction in the court, prosecution witness Malik Tayyab said that on August 14, 2016 Nawaz Sharif had given a cheque of Rs9.9 million to Maryam Nawaz while she was also given another cheque of Rs12 million on June 13, 2015 and another cheque of Rs28.8 million was given to her on November 20, 2015.

The witness further informed the court that Hussain Nawaz had sent $65,000 to Nawaz Sharif on June 30, 2010 and again on November 20, 2011 he sent another $90,000 to Nawz Sharif.

On October 19, 2012 Nawz Sharif had drawn out $300,000 from his account and converted into Pakistan rupee and deposited in his account. Nawaz Sharif converted another $100,000 into Pakistan currency on April 30 2013 and transferred it into his account, the witness informed the court.

He informed the court that $100,000 were transferred into his local currency account through four cheques.

To a query of judge Mohammad Bashir that why the money was transferred into his account twice in a day, the witness said at that time he was not posted in the said branch and came here later.

Defence counsel in the case objected that the witness had not provided the hard copy of the record before the court. Judge Mohammad Bashir directed that the pages of the record submitted before the court should be marked.

Later the court adjourned the hearing in the case till December 11 when more prosecution witnesses would appear before the court and by the time Nawaz Sharif would also be back from London after availing one-week exemption from personal appearance before the court.

Later, talking to media outside the court, Safdar said that the agreement between the government and a religious group staging a sit-in at Faizabad was brokered somewhere else. He talked about some hidden hand behind the agreement between the government and the protesters.

“If the government had to make some agreement with the protesters, it would not have waited for 22 days,” he said without elaborating his point.  He further said that there was not a single hand but there were many shoulders, hands, ladders, cranes behind the religious group which was protesting against the government.

Capt (retd) Safdar said that Nawaz Sharif was ousted from power only because “he is made in Pakistan”, and wanted to change the fate of common man by transforming the country into an economic power.

Answering a question, he stopped short of criticizing Pakistan People’s Party chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari saying that “it is against the spirit of the charter of democracy and wanted to take all political forces on board for strengthening of democratic institutions in the country.“The PPP is a democratic party, I won’t say anything against Bilawal,” he said. Safdar said that he will not allow grade 19 officers to disrespect the Parliament.

To a question, he said that troubles always befall on righteous people and dubbed the officials investigating the cases against the Sharif family “corrupt and incompetent”. Lashing out at the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan, he said that he was promoting the western agenda in Pakistan. “Changing the condition of police stations, hospitals and roads is not a development,” he added.


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